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Thursday October 7th, 1999

CNet's Paul Festa can't seem to write an article that lacks a negative mention of Mozilla. His latest regards comments made by Linus Torvalds. Linus states, "Netscape is an example of one that did not get the interaction going between the outside world and the Mozilla project. Yes, it became open source, but to some degree it never took off like they hoped for."

I wish Linus would have discussed the state of the Linux development community after its first year. From accounts I have read Linux was not receiving as much outside help as Mozilla after a year of development. But somehow, Linux managed to thrive. Imagine that.

Between the newsgroups, Mozilla.org, Bugzilla, LXR, Tinderbox, #mozilla and Bonsai, I think mozilla.org has covered all the bases. What interaction did Linus expect, exactly, that mozilla.org doesn't already provide?

And with MathML, the BeOS port, the OS/2 port, the QNX port, "Jabber" and the XML parser all done by non-Netscape coders, I'm curious to know where he got the impression that Mozilla lacked interested developers.

Maybe CNet?

Thanks to gerbil for the news.


#3 Linus down on big corporations

by xgray <xgray@netscape.net>

Friday October 8th, 1999 8:37 AM

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Linus did not limit his criticism to Netscape/Mozilla alone. He seems to be rather unhappy with the open or semi-open source projects being touted by other big corporations as well. Seems to be more of a philosophical problem on his part then a criticism based upon any actual personal knowledge of the Mozilla project.